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Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Letter of the Day

A donation to help fight a terrible disease

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I read with great interest the article about Chris Sullivan’s donation (“Co-founder of Outback donates $5M to Moffitt,” front page, Dec. 3). Thank you, thank you, Mr. Sullivan, for your most appreciated gift to Moffitt Cancer Center. I know from personal experience what a deadly cancer melanoma is indeed.

I lost my husband and father of my three children to melanoma in March 1960. It had been diagnosed the previous August and by the following March the most treacherous cancer of all took his life. He was only 37. Our children were, at the time, 3, 4 and 7.

It was a terrible thing. I had never heard of melanoma skin cancer. There was, at this time, no stalling of this malignant cancer, and research and possible cure were not available to the degree they are today.

Mr. Sullivan’s donation will certainly help a lot, and hopefully it will help spare lives affected by this terrible disease.

Thank you again, Mr. Sullivan.

Barbara Wishart

Tampa

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